droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
12 oz bottle courtesy of Illinismitty. Poured a nice cloudy amber color with a 2 finger thick off-white head. Good head retention with nice lacing. Aroma is very hoppy with notes of pine. Flavor is very well balanced with lots of hop bitterness complimented with some malty sweetness. Great mouth feel with a crisp lingering aftertaste. Definitely a top 5 IPA. Too bad it is not sold locally. anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Reddish brown with a big maly hoppy nose...very nice!!! On first taste very very sweet. Acceptable for a double IPA but way too cloying sweet for an IPA. The maltiness did not balance with the hops. Almost like they stopped the fermentation early. Could not hang with the sweet finish. patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 bottle - This beer pours a huge, long lasting head and has a nice aroma of floral hops. The color is a hazy yellow-gold. The flavor has a little malty sweetness up front, along with some pine notes, and plenty of hops from start to long, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. This is simply an excellent IPA. blankboy (7884) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2006
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy bubbly golden-orange with a large lasting foamy white head. Wonderful aroma of floral and citrus hops -- I keep smelling it over and over [sniff, sniff] man that’s awesome. Flavour’s the same, juicy floral and citrus hops -- so delicious. There’s malt in the aroma and flavour as well to balance things out but this is all about the hops. Creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. An excellent IPA, if this were available locally it would always be in my fridge as it’s definitely one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had. Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2006
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desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Strong pine forest aroma. Floral aromas as well. Hazy yellow body with good head and decent lacing. Pine flavor and medium bodied. Cool and crisp on the palate and gone way to fast. Been saving this one for my birthday and today the day. Didn’t disappoint cheers.
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 Pours a light amber with little head. Aroma is piney and sweet. Flavor is a hop lovers delight, with pineyness and citrus aplenty, very tart and bitter while at the same time feeling balanced and clean. I could drink this all night. After drinking a good deal of this, I have to say it is the benchmark of American IPAs. Astounding! HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - FEB 12, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Poured hazy gold, plenty of bubbles, large solid lasting foamy beige head. Sweet hoppy aroma - pine, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple and spruce, quite sharp - plus enough malt to make note of; there was a brief rush of yeast when I popped it. The taste is really muted - fruit and citrus/evergreen hops dominate, but are quite restrained - it does finish long, and bitter, but never aggressive; the malt is lightly toasted and also just murmurs along too. Mouthfeel is very creamy, lightly astringent, I felt it had solid body for an IPA. If you want a solid IPA but are reluctant to tackle the sharply high IBU Ruinations of the world, give this one a try. Recommended. donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2006
unimpressive beer for bell’s standards. pours light yellow and hazy with decent head. starts off with fruity textures and ends with a bland bitterness of a generic beer. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Bottle via trade with captaincougar. Pours a murky copper color with a big white head. Resinous, pine and citrus aromas. Bitter with a honey-like maltiness. Grapefruit and grass notes. Lingering bitter finish. Bilzmoude (19) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Smells floral.. hoppy... like a good IPA should... almost of pine. Beautiful light amber coloring... Creamy head with pretty lacing. POW! The bitterness hits you right in the jaw. Bitter in the front and in the back. Too bitter for my tastes, but perfectly characteristic of the style. I am rating this higher than I like it, mostly because I know what a good IPA should taste like, and this is it.